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Letters to the editor – Tuesday (11-18-08)

Give Carl Ford credit for landslide victory
I am writing to ask why Carl Ford’s picture was on page 4C in the Nov. 5 Salisbury Post, after his landslide victory for the county commission.
Instead, Raymond Coltrain’s picture was in color on page 1C, and he came in second (in total votes). It’s not like Mr. Ford was ahead by only 17 votes. We are talking about 1,700 votes ahead of Mr. Coltrain.
Also, the Post made it sound as if all the cheers and congratulations were just for Mr. Coltrain, and he did receive some. But the majority of cheers came for Mr. Ford from his poll workers, his family and friends who watched as the results came in at the Board of Elections. You talked about how many votes Mr. Coltrain and Laura Lyerly received ó what about Mr. Ford? He amassed huge votes with absentees and the South Rowan and East Library early voting, not including the votes cast on Nov. 4. You never give a complete report on the facts ó why? You certainly don’t mind telling how many times Mr. Ford has run, but you absolutely will not give the man any credit when he wins.
I thought the Post was supposed to be a non-biased paper, but evidently that’s not true. You must support Democrats. I guess that’s why they got the coverage.
Give Mr. Ford credit. Give him his due! He deserves it! Let’s see a front-page story on him.
ó Scott Honeycutt
China Grove
A friend in need
I work in a local physician’s office in China Grove, where everyone knows each other. I attended South Rowan High and never really realized that friends could be lost or forgotten after we part from school and go our separate ways ó until a friend that everyone knew and loved had a severe stroke at age 37 and also lost both his parents. Had this person accomplished unheard of great things or lived a normal life, I would never have been reunited with him almost 20 years later. But when something bad happens, everyone hears about it. Why is that? We never focus on the good in someone; it’s always the bad.
But in this circumstance, it brought so many friends back together to renew lost friendships, and we all lived within 15 minutes of each other.
The reason I am writing to the Post is to help this person who, unfortunately, at this time in his life can’t do everything that needs to be done for the unexpected incident he has endured. He has been in the hospital for over a month and was allowed to come home with a day pass, thanks to a nurse at Northeast Medical Center. We visited him at his home, and he is in need of things such as railing, along with a few minor repairs to his home. I am asking for volunteers to help with those things. People don’t realize how imporant it is to help those who truly need our help. He will be allowed to come home Friday if he continues to do well. I know it’s a short notice, but it’s also possible. If you can volunteer your time or donations for the minor repairs, please contact me at 704-938-7063 or 704-798-9294. Leave a message and we will return your call.
ó Tammy Britt
Kannapolis
Don’t blame driver
Regarding the Nov. 14 letter “A boy’s broken heart”:
You should count your blessings that the driver did not stop. You could not only have a dead dog but a big car-repair bill. The law says you must maintain control of your pet at all times, i.e. the “leash law.” It also says if a vehicle is legally traveling on a public road and hits a pet, the pet owner may be at fault, not the driver! You are responsible for any damage to a car that hits your dog.
Think of it this way: Should drivers be held accountable when they hit a deer, raccoon or any other animal ó or just dogs? No one owes you an apology; you owe the driver an apology because you were irresponsible in letting your pet run loose.
I can’t see how any animal lover would ever let a dog run loose near Main Street. You’re lucky the boy did not chase after the dog into the road and get hit also! What your son witnessed was what happens to an animal when an owner does not maintain control of a pet. You should teach him responsibility and not to blame the driver for your neglect.
Now, to all the drivers that don’t stop: If you know you’ve hit a dog, you should always stop, get a name, address and file an accident report with the police so the pet owner can be held responsible for any damage to your car.
ó Carol Landesman
Woodleaf
Editor’s note:The Rowan County leash law says, in part, “An owner or keeper of any animal shall be held strictly liable for any damages done by the animal while on or off the owner’s or keeper’s real property.”

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